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Published on 15 July 2014 Philippines
The initial findings of the report were presented on Wednesday, July 9, as part of an outreach event of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a Nobel Prize-winning group of hundreds of scientists from all over the world collating and assessing findings on climate change. The IPCC’s most recent report, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), concluded that global warming is unequivocal…
Published on 15 July 2014 Southeast Asia
“In the Philippines hazards are normal,” Liza Bernardo Zurbito of Children International said. But she stressed, “They only become disasters when we are not prepared.” The wealth of experiences on the ground in these two countries was captured during the Conference on Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building from July 2-4 in Silang, Cavite. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and Give2Asia hosted…
Published on 15 July 2014
Officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development shared on Monday that all ministries and statutory boards will participate in this study, which will examine how rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more intense rainfall and flooding could affect the city state’s physical infrastructure. The initial findings are expected to be released by 2016, and will feed…
Published on 15 July 2014 Vietnam
“I asked my sons to place four sandbags on the corrugated tin roof and anchor the interior pillars to concrete poles fixed in the ground with zinc wire,” says the 67-year-old resident of Long Binh Commune, Go Cong Tay District, Tien Giang Province. “When last year’s ninth storm (Typhoon Usagi) blew the roofs off neighboring houses and uprooted surrounding trees, I was really scared,”…
Published on 15 July 2014
The Resilience Framework, announced in 2012, provides a holistic guide to inter-government agencies on how to assess Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. By 2016, these agencies are expected to release long-term plans to safeguard Singapore against projected climate change effects. It was revealed on Monday that the framework incorporates risk assessment and adaptation planning. For example, under the framework, roads are assessed for vulnerabilities…
Published on 15 July 2014
Filipino scientists joined over 500 other researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, representatives of non-government organizations, and stakeholders from 39 other counties at the event in order to find answers to the coral reef crisis in the Asia Pacific region. Danger from climate change Research presented at the conference revealed new insights into how humans and human-driven climate change are affecting coral reefs, such as…
Published on 15 July 2014 Indonesia
Researchers at the University of Maryland said the country lost 15 million acres of forest — a common source of lumber for developers — between 2000 and 2012. The study also found that the country’s recent rate of forest loss is twice as devastating as the government claimed. According to the conservation news journal Monga Bay, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the country’s 2011…
Published on 15 July 2014 Thailand
Most rivers, canals and reservoirs have remained unchanged for decades, merely undergoing periodic dredging under a vast range of agencies - from the Royal Irrigation Department, Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry to local administrative bodies. But in the light of drastic changes in our climate which have resulted in both longer droughts and excessive rainfall, we need fresh investment for water management and improvement works…
Published on 15 July 2014 Southeast Asia
The three-year study by scientists worldwide also found that the tropics is getting hotter and larger. Covering some 130 countries and territories around the Equator and situated between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south — the tropics is expanding as climate change heats up the earth, turning more and more countries into a hot zone. It…
Published on 15 July 2014 Global
The researchers examined 15 years of migration data for more than 7,000 families in Indonesia and found that increases in temperature and, to a lesser extent, rainfall influenced a family's decision to permanently migrate to another of the country's provinces. They report in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that increases in average yearly temperature took a detrimental toll on people's…
Published on 15 July 2014 Feature
In a list that included 116 countries, the report disclosed the nations most vulnerable to suffer from climate change were Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh in the top three. Top three bottom ranked were Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria. Australia, meantime, is at the 31st least affected. Standard & Poor's used three sets of data to come up with its list: Percentage of a nation's population…
Published on 2 July 2014
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/06/30/Spore-may-get-hotter-and-wetter-Extreme-weather-today-could-become-the-norm/ Source: The Star | 30 June 2014
Published on 2 July 2014 Southeast Asia
In a press statement, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the Philippine government presented the climate adaptation proposal to representatives of the sub-region during the environment cluster meeting late last month in Sandakan, Malaysia. The goal of the proposal, said Janet M. Lopoz, executive director of MinDA, “is to lessen the impact of climate change, with the prime goal of preventing environmental disasters within the…
Published on 2 July 2014 Feature
With the current negotiation on climate change at the UN level converging toward Paris in 2015 which expected to result in a global climate change treaty agreed by all nations, the statement made by John Kerry is a breath of fresh air since countries have been waiting for US examples and leadership in this issue. A bilateral agreement between China and the US to cooperate…
Published on 2 July 2014 Thailand
A floods working group, made up of the government, local companies, civil society and community leaders, has set up closed-circuit television cameras to monitor canals, and has made real-time information on rainfall and water levels available on a website. It has also helped local communities map the city’s water flows, produced a handbook on how to combat floods, and established an insurance fund to help…
Published on 2 July 2014 Malaysia
As the world's post-2015 development agenda takes shape, including new sustainable development goals (SDGs), the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) has been assigned a new mandate focused on several key issues of universal concern, including: Health impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. The work will include identifying potential adaptation strategies and options to mitigate harm Physical and mental health hazards posed…
Published on 2 July 2014 Global
This makes it more important than ever to take urgent and drastic action to curb climate change by reducing carbon emissions, he argues. Lord Stern, who wrote a hugely influential review on the financial implications of climate change in 2006, says the economic models that have been used to calculate the fiscal fallout from climate change are woefully inadequate and severely underestimate the scale of…
Published on 2 July 2014 Vietnam
Participants from the Mekong Delta said that natural resources and aquatic biodiversity are declining at alarming levels due to agricultural production, news website Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon (Saigon Times) Online reported. Climate change is only making matters worse, the news site reported. Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, vice chairman of Long An Province, said that the province's annual rice yields has surged ten-fold since the late…
Published on 2 July 2014
Guiding the World Bank Group's engagement in the Philippines from 2015 until 2018, the new CPS supports the country's development programs in five key engagement areas: Transparent and accountable governance: strengthening public financial management,improving fiscal transparency and financial accountability, and supporting greater demand from citizens for government accountability. Empowerment of the poor and vulnerable: improving health and education outcomes, strengthening social protection and ensuring…
Published on 2 July 2014 Vietnam
The project will run from 2014-2018 and implemented by the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment and German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ). It focuses on four components related to the implementation of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) in Vietnam, which aim to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions and help transform an economy towards low-carbon growth, combining development and climate change…
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